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Celebrating the power of music to change lives

We are delighted to be working collaboratively with BBC Music Day on their UK-wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, this 26 September. This year’s theme is music and wellbeing – and how music can bring us together to make a positive impact and to inspire.

We are delighted to be working collaboratively with BBC Music Day on their UK-wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, this 26 September. This year’s theme is music and wellbeing – and how music can bring us together to make a positive impact and to inspire.

As part of the celebrations, we recently welcomed award-winning singer-songwriter Anne Marie to our Croydon centre to take part in a weekly music therapy group session for people with mixed abilities, alongside our music therapist Harriet Crawford. The group supports people with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health issues to live well and to communicate through music, and it’s their chance to create music collaboratively in a supportive community setting.

Milly, who takes part in the group, says “music is the soundtrack to my life – I am so very, very grateful that I was introduced to this place.” Harriet adds that, “the experience of making music, we’re trying to make that experience accessible to the widest number of people. People are able to show talents and express parts of themselves that, often those nearest and dearest to them, their carers and their families, didn’t know.”

You can watch the BBC Breakfast film about our music therapy group here.

With its focus on music and wellbeing, BBC Music Day has also kickstarted its initiative to help bring music to everyone living with dementia by 2020, working with all major organisations in this field, including Nordoff Robbins.

Dr Simon Procter, Director of Music Services at Nordoff Robbins, said: “We’re delighted to be working collaboratively on this important initiative, to ensure that everyone living with dementia can access music’s help by 2020. As music therapists, it is a privilege to work together with people in music, and we know the vital role that music plays in supporting them to live well with dementia.”

As part of this incredible project, Music for Dementia 2020 has today launched the first ever Musical Map for Dementia, which provides those affected by the condition information on music-based events and services in their area. You can see the map, which features Nordoff Robbins services across the UK, here.

The latest version of BBC Music’s ground-breaking Music Memories website has also launched in celebration of Music Day, which is designed for people living with dementia and aims to stimulate memory through music.

Find out more about how BBC Music are raising awareness of the power of music, through events and broadcasts across the week, here.